Ambassador Haneda Turns Over Gadgets to the PNP for Public Safety and Counter- Terrorism Operations


Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) - Press Release No. 15- 2019


On February 12, Ambassador Haneda graced a Ceremony for the turnover of six (6) bomb suits, six (6) ballistic shields, and 442 ballistic helmets to the Philippine National Police (PNP). Director General Oscar Albayalde, PNP chief, was on hand to receive the items, expressing his gratitude for Japan’s assistance. This came a little over year after Japan completed the turnover of 100 patrol cars to the Philippine National Police (PNP) at a Ceremony attended by President Duterte in January 2018.

The equipment, amounting to a total of PhP 53.3 million, was granted through Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA). They form part of the Japanese government’s continuing effort to help upgrade Philippine law enforcement capabilities.

In his speech, Ambassador Haneda emphasized the need for both Japan and the Philippines to join hands in enhancing their collective capabilities in the face of violent extremism, noting that keeping the people safe was a key responsibility of government. He saluted the PNP for having accomplished much in the area of law enforcement and conveyed Japan’s continuing support.